Science Park Lesson

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Science Park Lesson

  1. 1. Cambridge Science Park Established by Trinity College in 1970, Cambridge Science Park is the UK's oldest and most prestigious science park. What is a science park? A landscaped area containing a group of high-technology factories with links to a nearby university. Cambridge Science Park
  2. 2. So why build a science park in Cambridge? <ul><li>Close proximity to Cambridge University (can draw on scientific knowledge of many experts). </li></ul><ul><li>Good road links to London (M11), the Midlands and the North (and East Anglia’s ports) </li></ul><ul><li>Close to Stansted airport (Gatwick and Heathrow via M25) </li></ul><ul><li>Fast direct rail link to Oxford & London </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge is a centre for high tech industries- Silicon Fen </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Over 90 Research and Development (R and D) companies within Cambridge Science Park (well over 700 high tech companies within the Cambridge region). </li></ul><ul><li>Epson </li></ul><ul><li>Toshiba Research Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Kodak European Research </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>Development of synergy (the intense localised interaction between different companies on the same sites which creates benefits for all participants). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Microsoft Cambridge science park received a huge boost when Microsoft pledged £50 million to build its first European computer research centre there in 1997.
  5. 5. Facilities <ul><li>Landscaped surroundings. </li></ul><ul><li>Nurseries </li></ul><ul><li>Health & fitness centre </li></ul><ul><li>Cafes </li></ul><ul><li>Conference failities </li></ul>
  6. 6. What benefits does the science park bring to Cambridge? <ul><li>Hi-technology industries provide jobs, they now employ almost one quarter of workers in the Cambridge area. </li></ul><ul><li>Other companies have developed in Cambridge to supply the hi-technology firm with equipment, services etc. These companies will also employ people, in this way a multiplier effect begins to develop. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Practice Examination Question <ul><li>Using map information only, give three reasons why a science park located at site A. </li></ul><ul><li>List two other factors that influence the location of science parks. </li></ul><ul><li>There are proposals to create a new science park at site B. Explain why some people may be against its development. </li></ul>Study the map.

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